Η Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series έκανε την εμφάνισή της στην έκθεση της Φρανκφούρτης. Η Mercedes-Benz δεν αναφέρει αν το περάσει στη παραγωγή και μηχανικά φορά τον Μ133, δίλιτρο turbo κινητήρα και συνδυάζεται με ένα 7-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο που στέλνει τη κίνηση και στους τέσσερις τροχούς. Φορά αγωνιστική ανάρτηση, AMG αγωνιστικά φρένα με αεριζόμενους δίσκους.
Προφανώς λοιπόν, η CLA 45 AMG Racing Series διαθέτει custom αεροδυναμικό πακέτο με έντονο εμπρός splitter, τεραστίων διαστάσεων πίσω αεροτομή και –θέλω να πιστεύω- επίπεδο πάτωμα. Τα ελαστικά είναι slicks και οι ζάντες, αγωνιστικές, ελαφρού κράματος και μονομπούλονες. Το εσωτερικό, χωρίς να είναι απολύτως γδυμένο, έχει τροποποιηθεί σημαντικά.
Το roll-cage είναι εκ των ουκ άνευ, όπως είναι και το αγωνιστικό bucket της Recaro με σύστημα HANS. Στο ταμπλό, περιττές πολυτέλειες έχουν αφαιρεθεί και έχει τοποθετηθεί ένα ανθρακονημάτινο panel με τους απολύτως απαραίτητους διακόπτες ενώ ο πίνακας οργάνων είναι ο εργοστασιακός όπως είναι και το πάνω μέρος του ταμπλό αλλά και ο επιλογέας του κιβωτίου ταχυτήτων. Το τιμόνι ωστόσο έχει αλλάξει με ένα οβάλ αγωνιστικό , έχοντας και paddles.
Τέλος, στο περίπτερο της Mercedes-Benz βρίσκονται και τα νέα αξεσουάρ, λεπτομέρειες των οποίων μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Mercedes-AMG planning to expand its customer sports activities
Four-door coupé for the racetrack: The new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series
Affalterbach – World premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main: The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept car provides a preview of a further customer sports racing car from Mercedes-AMG, alongside the world success of the SLS AMG GT3 gullwing racing car. Authentic motor racing genes, competitive technology and a spectacular design – the near-series four-door CLA 45 AMG Racing Series high-performance Coupé is intended for the avidly followed race series with turbocharged 2.0-litre cars.
The standard version of the CLA 45 AMG, which has been available since June 2013, has the perfect genes for a competitive customer sports racing car: As the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine in series production, the turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre unit generates 265 kW (360 hp) and maximum torque of 450 newton metres. As on the standard model, power on the racing version is transferred by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission. Given sufficient demand, the near-series CLA 45 AMG Racing Series could enter various international race series such as national brand-specific trophies or the German VLN series (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring – Organiser’s association for Nürburgring long-distance championships).
The technical specifications will vary according to the race rules and race series. The engine output and power transmission are variable, with permanent all-wheel drive or purely front-wheel drive possible as in the standard version.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “With the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series we are providing a preview of another exciting customer sports racing car from Mercedes-AMG. The great success of our involvement with the SLS AMG GT3, which is now used by customer teams on five continents, means that we are very confident: in the popular four-cylinder segment too, we want to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-series racing car with a high level of safety.”
Uli Fritz, Head of AMG Customer Sport: “The large demand for a customer sports racing car for the extremely popular race series with turbocharged 2.0-litre cars encouraged us to present a showcar CLA 45 AMG Racing Series. Our involvement in customer sports with the SLS AMG GT3, which was able to win the “grand slam” of classic GT3 long-distance races, continues to spawn success in its fourth year.”
Spectacular racing car design
Typical racing car features made completely from carbon-fibre (CFRP) make the extravagant design of the standard CLA 45 AMG even more spectacular: they include a new front and rear apron, flared wings and side sill panels. In addition, treadless racing tyres ensure an impressive width. Thanks to carbon-fibre rear wings and large cooling apertures for engine and brake cooling, the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series makes an imposing impression even when stationary. For use on the racetrack, the already good aerodynamic attributes of the four-door high-performance coupé are further optimised by the newly developed carbon-fibre components: the front apron with a front splitter ensures additional downforce, as do the rear diffuser with three fins and the adjustable rear aerofoil.
The air intake in the side sill panels ahead of the rear wheels ensures effective cooling of the rear brakes. Wheel arch vents in the wings, which are flared by over six centimetres on each side, increase the downforce at the front and rear axles. In true racing style, the bonnet and boot lid are fitted with quick-release catches. In short: the motor racing DNA of AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz, is immediately recognisable in the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series.
High level of safety in the interior
A functional racing car atmosphere predominates in the interior: the roll-over cage is made of high-strength steel. An exemplary level of safety is ensured by the carbon-fibre P 1300 GT racing bucket seat from Recaro, prepared for the HANS system (Head and Neck Support), and the integrated fire extinguishing system. In the cockpit the AMG instrument cluster keeps the driver informed about the road speed, engine speed and the operating temperatures of the engine and transmission. The racing steering wheel with shift paddles for gearshifts allows perfect vehicle control. The centre console houses additional controls such as the central switch for the onboard electronics and switches for the hazard warning system and fire extinguishing system.
Special motorsports suspension allows an individual, track-specific setup
The special racing suspension has a wider track at the front and rear, and allows numerous adjustments for an individual racetrack setup. The suspension level, spring rate and damper characteristics are adjustable, as are the track and camber at the front and rear axles. The AMG high-performance braking system with ventilated discs all-round is equipped with an anti-lock system. The AMG light-alloy wheels in a cross-spoke design are shod with racing tyres in size 265-660-18 from technical development partner Dunlop, and to reduce unsprung masses the AMG light-alloy wheels feature a particularly lightweight forged construction. The electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering assists with agile handling. Fast wheel-changes during pit-stops are made possible by the pneumatic lifting system integrated into the underbody.
Like the SLS AMG GT3 before it, the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series was developed by Mercedes-AMG in close cooperation with HWA AG. HWA is responsible for the development and race appearances of the AMG-Mercedes DTM cars on behalf of and in close collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Motorsports. Professional racing drivers including the AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider share the cockpit during the course of the test and development programme. The HWA team, which originated within AMG, is one of the most successful teams in international motorsports: Ten driver’s titles in the DTM and ITC, as well as two overall victories in the FIA GT Championship, are compelling evidence. No other brand has won as many DTM races and DTM titles as cars from AMG-Mercedes.
SLS AMG GT3 successful worldwide
Now a permanent fixture in the GT3 segment, the SLS AMG GT3 has been extremely successful since its racetrack debut in autumn 2010. 67 examples have been sold to date. With various titles in international championships such as the ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT3 European Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship, as well as over 100 victories in race series all over the world, the racing version of the gullwing-door model has impressively demonstrated its extraordinary performance. In particular, long-distance successes in this year’s Bathurst 12-hour race and the 24-hour races in Dubai, at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps have spectacularly confirmed its competitiveness. The SLS AMG GT3 2013 thus claimed the “grand slam” of classic GT3 long-distance races, with four victories in succession.
Homologated according to the FIA GT3 race rules, this customer sports racing car is active in more than 22 race series and on five continents of the world.
CLA 45 AMG Racing Series and CLA 250 Sport
New to the CLA range: sporty models for the racetrack and everyday driving
Affalterbach/Stuttgart. The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept car that is celebrating its world premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt/Main provides a preview of another customer sport racing car from Mercedes-AMG. The CLA 250 Sport, meanwhile, can also be labelled as “engineered by AMG”. Following its debut at the IAA, this sporty standard production model will be arriving in dealer showrooms in December 2013.
The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series demonstrates our desire to further increase our commitment to customer motorsport. We are also seeking to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-standard racing car with an excellent level of safety in the popular four-cylinder segment,” says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The tremendous success of the SLS AMG GT3, which is now being raced by customer teams across five different continents, makes us highly confident.” In addition to a string of individual race wins, the SLS AMG GT3 also racked up a number of championship titles, including the FIA GT3 European Championship (2012), the FIA GT1 World Championship (2012), as well as the ADAC GT Masters title (2012). In 2013 the SLS AMG GT3 even managed to take the grand slam of GT3 endurance classics with four victories in succession.
The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series is destined for the crowd-pulling race series featuring 2.0-litre turbocharged cars and may be deployed internationally if demand is high enough. The technical specifications will vary according to the race rules and race series. The engine output and power transmission are variable, with permanent all-wheel drive or purely front-wheel drive possible as in the standard version.
Chassis and body: pure racing car technology
The special racing suspension has a wider track at the front and rear, and allows numerous adjustments for an individual racetrack setup. The suspension level, spring rate and damper characteristics are adjustable, as are the track and camber at the front and rear axles. The AMG high-performance braking system with ventilated discs all-round is equipped with an anti-lock system.
Typical racing car features made completely from carbon-fibre (CFRP) make the extravagant design of the standard CLA 45 AMG even more spectacular: they include a new front and rear apron, flared wings and side sill panels. In addition, treadless racing tyres ensure an impressive width. Thanks to carbon-fibre rear wings and large cooling apertures for engine and brake cooling, the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series makes an imposing impression even when stationary. For use on the racetrack, the already good aerodynamic attributes of the four-door high-performance coupé are further optimised by the newly developed carbon-fibre components: the front apron with a front splitter ensures additional downforce, as do the rear diffuser with three fins and the adjustable rear aerofoil. The air intake in the side sill panels ahead of the rear wheels ensures effective cooling of the rear brakes.
A functional racing car atmosphere predominates in the interior: the roll-over cage is made of high-strength steel. An exemplary level of safety is ensured by the carbon-fibre P 1300 GT racing bucket seat from Recaro, prepared for the HANS system (Head and Neck Support), and the integrated fire extinguishing system. The racing steering wheel with shift paddles for gearshifts allows perfect vehicle control.
Dynamic looks: the CLA 250 Sport
The “engineered by AMG” tag also applies to the CLA 250 Sport, the new sporty model for the road in the CLA-Class range. Its four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1991 ccproduces an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and delivers 350 Nm of peak torque between 1200 and 4000 rpm. The 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission with its sportier set-up is fitted as standard. The CLA 250 Sport is available to order from 7 October for €42,304.50 (including 19% VAT). It will appear in dealer showrooms in December 2013.
The “AMG Line” equipment line is included on the CLA 250 Sport as standard. “Sport” badges adorn the front wings. The CLA 250 Sport features exclusive 18‑inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with 235/40 R 18 tyres all round and painted in black with a high-sheen finish, together with red-painted brake callipers. These give a visual indication of the vehicle’s particularly dynamic driving qualities which are characterised, amongst other features, by a special AMG-developed front axle and a chassis that has been tuned to match, including AMG speed-sensitive sports steering. With its special engine and transmission configuration as well as an adapted ESP® set-up, the CLA 250 Sport promises a very special driving experience, which is enhanced further by the emotion- stirring sound produced by the modified exhaust system.
Red detailing on the AMG front and rear aprons serves to further underline this model’s expressive positioning. The highlighting effect is carried through into the interior with designo seat belts in red.
Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH at the Frankfurt International Motor Show
Individual details for individualists
Stuttgart/Frankfurt. The Mercedes-Benz Accessories stand at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (12 to 22 September 2013) centres around a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 which has been fitted with Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment and other Genuine Accessories to demonstrate how products from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH can add a high-quality, individual touch. A scale model of the SLS AMG GT3, specially designed for the IAA, will also be available at the stand, along with other miniatures.
Under the label Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment, Mercedes-Benz offers a portfolio of elegant and sporty products designed to add individual appeal. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 on display at the motor show demonstrates the range of enhancements that can be made. Equipment details which suggest future individualisation ideas for the CLA, include the “Road & Track” decal kit: the door of the CLA features a large starting number 1 and a broad, decorative stripe in red/grey, the traditional Mercedes-Benz motor racing colours, runs along the centre of the car.
Other eye-catching details of the four-door coupé include carbon fibre-style exterior mirror housings, front apron spoiler lip and rear spoiler plus red-painted brake callipers. The CLA is also equipped with the Styling Package Night, which includes black window surrounds and black shoulderline trip strips. The car is fitted with 18-inch two-tone 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. The rims are painted in matt black and the rim flange is red. The front wings of the CLA feature a Sport badge.
In the interior illuminated door sill panels with Sport lettering, a leather sports steering wheel, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel and Sport floor mats create a special ambience. In combination with the “Digital DriveStyle” app, the Drive Kit Plus – which will shortly also be compatible with the iPhone® 5 – allows seamless integration of the iPhone® on board.
For further information about Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment, go to http://sport.mercedes-benz.com
“Always on” and illuminated star exhibits
Visitors to the Motor Show can try out the Drive Kit Plus and the “Digital DriveStyle” app on an online terminal and experience just how easy they are to use. Another highlight at the 139 square metre Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH stand is the “Illuminated star” exhibit. The illuminated Mercedes star emblem, currently available for six model series, has been housed in a dark box in the wall to simulate its distinctive effect at night. When fitted on a vehicle, fibre optic cables and LED technology illuminate the central star emblem in the radiator grille every time the vehicle is locked or unlocked using remote control and whenever the doors or boot are opened. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 on show at the stand also features an illuminated central star emblem.
Extremely accurate replicas: model cars
The special model cars are a must for collectors. A limited-edition scale 1:18 model of the SLS AMG GT3 has been specially created for the IAA. The model, produced by specialist model manufacturer Minichamps, is made up of 88 parts, painted in matt black and features poison green details. It is available in a limited edition of 197 and costs 249.00 euros.
Two miniature A-Class models are also available featuring Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment. The scale 1:18 models, hand-assembled by Norev from over 100 individual parts, cost 69.90 euros. The polar silver variant is available in a limited edition of 2000 and features extensive Sport Equipment from the Mercedes-Benz Accessories range: front apron spoiler lip, diffuser-look rear apron trim, roof spoiler, high-gloss black exterior mirrors, chromed front/rear trim, diamond radiator grille, sports brake system, rear silencer, decal kit, Sport badge and 18-inch twin-spoke two-tone wheels. “Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment” and the start number are also printed on the decorative packaging. The mountain grey variant is fitted with Sport Equipment too, but has a black radiator grille and shoulderline trim strip.
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 All prices: recommended retail price incl. 19% VAT, valid for Germany